Planning n Mitigation

Exploring the Possibilities for Landslide Mitigation in India

Why landslide mitigation is important The monsoons may bring life and prosperity to our agrarian societies, but it also has harmful consequences, especially for hilly regions. The monsoons have already begun to wreak havoc this year with persistent heavy rains leading to floods and landslides in many parts of Northeastern India that have claimed more than 80 lives according to government officials in the month of July 2017 (Indian Express, 2017), along with large numbers of people displaced by floods...

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Jharia Resettlement: Coal Seams in the Line of Fire

Jharia mines, known for its finest quality coal, have become a menace for the population, living in its neighborhood as these mines emit poison and toxic gases.

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Seismic Microzonation and Urban India

Recent earthquakes highlight the need for a risk reduction strategy, especially for urban centres. With expanding cities, risk to human lives, buildings and infrastructure also increases. Urban safety has thus gained importance in recent years.

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Oil Spill Remedies and Chennai

Chennai oil spill will have both short and long term impacts on the marine environment,visible by oil splattered ridley turtles and crabs that washed ashore

Disaster Events

Cyclone VARDAH brings another trail of destruction in South India

Cyclone Vardah that crossed Chennai coast on December 12, 2016 has affected the city’s functionality. The storm, the most intense cyclone to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades has left six people dead according to Times of India, snapped communication lines, flattened homes, and threw into disarry rail, road and air traffic as it crossed the coast. As many as 30 trees on the premises of the Madras high court got uprooted. Several educational campuses in the city like IIT-Madras and Anna...

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Cyclone Warning South India as VSCS VARDAH Approaches the Indian Coast

Update - December 12, 2016 The very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS)- VARDAH over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved further nearly westwards during past 6 AM with a speed of 13 kmph and lay centred at 5:30 AM of today, the December 12, 2016 over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal near Latitude 13.2ºN and Longitude 81.6ºE, about 150 km east-northeast of Chennai and 220 km eastsoutheast of Nellore. The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and cross north...

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Cyclonic Storm ‘Nada’ weakening as it approaches the Indian Coast

The cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards on December 1 with a speed of about 12 kmph, weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 11:30 AM near Latitude 10.6ºN and Longitude 81.2ºE over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai, 210 km southeast of Puducherry and 220 km north of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward, weaken further gradually into a depression during next...

Planning n Mitigation

Land Use and Natural Disasters

Natural phenomena are largely benevolent and are beneficial to society. However, at times these are of severe intensity and thus become hazardous. When societies fail to cope with hazards they turn into disasters. It is ironical that on one hand improved hazard monitoring, early warning system and disaster management practices have helped in mitigating adverse impact of hazards; on the other hand land use changes have turned hazards in to disasters. It is interesting to note that land use change...

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Should India gear up for cyclone Kyant? (Update)

A deep depression is forming over east-central Bay of Bengal

Planning n Mitigation

Surviving a Quake

Earthquake is one of the most destructive natural disasters. Learn how to keep yourself safe in case you ever encounter a devastating earthquake event.